Foals opened their UK and Ireland arena tour last night (February 10), playing Dublin’s 14,500-capacity 3Arena at the head of their first full arena jaunt.
Frontman Yannis Philippakis and guitarist Jimmy Smith dominated the stage, playing off against one another while drummer Jack Bevan kicked off proceedings with the opening beats to ‘Snake Oil’. The rest of the band were revealed from behind pulsing strobe lights.
‘My Number’ and ‘Olympic Airways’ unveiled a few of Foals’ arena tricks: lasers, oversized screens that rose and fell over the front few rows with Philippakis playing the role of hype man throughout.
“Are you ready to get nasty? I know what you can do it Dublin, let’s get fucking savage!”, the frontman shouted before a weighty ‘Providence’, performed with an extended guitar bridge and impressive stage lights.
There were only occasional dips to the frenetic pace. ‘London Thunder’ – with Smith on keys – sat alongside current single ‘Birch Tree’ as a rare subdued moment, with ‘Spanish Sahara’ also providing a step down in pace.
2015 album ‘What Went Down’ made up nearly half of the set, with only ‘Spanish Sahara’ featuring from 2010’s ‘Total Life Forever’.
“Thanks to everyone who’s been with us since the start,” Philippakis said on returning for the encore and emptying a bottle of water on the front rows. “We never thought we’d play in a place like this. This is surreal to us.”
Ending their set with ‘Two Steps Twice’, Philippakis crowdsurfed and screamed the chorus while stood on the front barrier.
‘Give It All’
‘Mountain At My Gates’
‘Red Socks Pugie’
‘A Knife In The Ocean’
‘What Went Down’
‘Two Steps, Twice’
Foals arena tour continues throughout February. They will play:
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (February 12)
Manchester, Arena (13)
Bristol, 6 Music Festival (14)
London, The SSE Arena, Wembley (16)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (19)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (20)